Hailsham area’s high rate of diabetes amputations

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK Regional Manager
Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK Regional Manager

Eastbourne, Haillsham and Seaford has one of the highest rates of diabetes-related amputations in England, figures have revealed.

Diabetes UK contacted local health organisations after analysis revealed the area had one of the highest diabetes-related amputation rates in England, with 4.2 amputations per 1,000 people with diabetes per year, compared to the England average of 2.6 per 1,000.

The Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is now working with Diabetes UK, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (EHST) and other local organisations to further investigate and understand the cause of the high rate of amputations.

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK’s regional manager for the South East Region, said: “It is deeply concerning that the diabetes-related amputation rate in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford is so high.

“We welcome the fact that Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG is working with East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust to understand and address this issue. Diabetes UK wants every inpatient with the condition to have their feet checked during their stay and get those with foot problems seen by a specialist team quickly.”

Dr Martin Writer, chair of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, addedd: “We are now working with East Sussex Healthcare Trust and other partner organisations to understand why amputation rates locally are above the average.”